Harvey heads towards the Finger Lakes

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Clouds ahead of the remains of Harvey will enter the Finger Lakes on Friday with rain chances increasing late Saturday. [Image used with permission from Weathertap.com]

Harvey’s Clouds Filter Friday’s Sunshine

Clouds associated with the remains of once Hurricane Harvey are streaming north into the Finger Lakes on Friday.

Combined with an invasion of cool, Canadian air out ahead of high pressure moving through the Great Lakes, these clouds will contribute to a very chilly Friday.

Most of Thursday night was clear across the Finger Lakes, which resulted in temperatures falling into the low 40s and even 30s.

Now that clouds are working in, the amount of sun will be limited as the day progresses.

Meanwhile, a steady northwest wind will continue to pump cool air into the region.

High temperatures today will only reach the low 60s as a result, with temperatures heading back into the 40s tonight.

It will remain dry today with no precipitation expected as Harvey continues to weaken.

Harvey Gets New Life; The Finger Lakes Get Rain

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Some parts of the Finger Lakes saw less than 50% of their normal precipitation during the month of August. Click to enlarge. [Source: NWS AHPS]
As Harvey heads into the Mid-Atlantic region Saturday, some of the energy associated with the low pressure system will jump to the east coast and begin to reorganize.

During this process, the chances for rain in the Finger Lakes will gradually increase.

The first showers should start to show up in the Finger Lakes during the early afternoon hours.

Scattered showers will be possible for a few hours before a slight lull in the activity during the evening.

More widespread, steadier rain should then move in Saturday night before it begins to taper off around sunrise Sunday morning.

A general half-inch to inch of rain is likely for much of the Finger Lakes.

However, there may also be a narrow band, most likely over the eastern Finger Lakes, where up to two inches of rain falls.

Precipitation throughout August was well below normal, so not only is this rain not expected to cause any problems, but it will actually be beneficial to the region.

Showers will linger through Sunday morning, but should gradually taper off by the afternoon hours.

Summer Returns (Briefly) for Labor Day

As we head into the Labor Day holiday on Monday, the Finger Lakes will briefly get back into a more summer like pattern.

High pressure will build into the southeast United States while a cold front will drop into the Upper Great Lakes.

This is a favorable pattern for southwest winds to transport warm air north into our region.

With winds possibly gusting to 30 mph at times, Monday will, in fact, be breezy and warm.

Highs Monday will push into the low 80s for most of the Finger Lakes. No precipitation is expected with sunny skies throughout the day.

The cold front will quickly put an end to the warm though. By the middle of next week, highs will once again be stuck in the 60s.

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Meteorologist Drew Montreuil has been forecasting the weather in the Finger Lakes region since 2006 and has degrees in meteorology from SUNY Oswego (B.S. with Honors) and Cornell (M.S.).

When not forecasting, he can be found working at the local library, making goat milk soap, running until his legs burn, or playing with his three young boys.

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